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There’s always something to cheer about at Special Olympics Virginia! Our most recent news stories are below. You can also check out our calendar to find out what’s happening near you.

For media inquiries and questions about Special Olympics Virginia, email Holly Claytor, Vice President, Development & Communications, at [email protected] or call her at 804.726.3025.


Coronavirus – An Update for Special Olympics Virginia (3/20)

March 20, 2020Under advisement from Special Olympics International, in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend all community-based Special Olympics practices, competitions and other activities through…

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Nominate volunteer or athlete for Annual Awards

Applications are now being accepted for Special Olympics Virginia’s 2019 Annual Awards recognition. Four outstanding individuals and one outstanding family will be recognized for their contribution to the mission of Special Olympics Virginia. Each year, Special Olympics Virginia recognizes an…

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Shoot for Inclusion at Basketball Championships

800 athletes take to the courts Basketball Championships, March 6-7 in StaffordInclusion is coming to a court near you… nearly 800 Special Olympics Virginia athletes will go for gold at the annual Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships in Stafford this weekend…

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2 Virginia Athletes Headed to NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago

As part of the NBA All-Star 2020,12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world–including two from Virginia–will be joined by NBA& WNBA players and legends for the ninth annual NBA Cares…

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GEICO and Special Olympics Virginia announce $50K donation, continuing 25-year partnership in 2020

RICHMOND, VA– GEICO and Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) announce their continued partnership at the onset of a new decade. The Virginia-based GEICO offices have supported Special Olympics Virginia programs for almost 25 years through sponsorship, employee volunteerism and fundraising efforts. In 2020,…

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Ice-Breaking Year at Virginia Beach

4,000+ members of the Plunger Colony came together to Raise a Record-Breaking $1.350 Million for Special Olympics Virginia at 28th Polar Plunge® Festival. It was rosy cheeks, cold toes and cool costumes as far as the eye could see this weekend…

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Polar Plunge set for this weekend, Feb. 7-8, in VA Beach

Did you know a group of penguins is called a colony? We have a serious love of penguins around here thanks to the team at Vigilant Creative, who artfully led our 2020 Polar Plunge brand refresh. And the coolest colony in…

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Volunteer at Basketball Championships

Welcome New Partner: Stafford Tourism Start off your March with a slam dunk! Join us at Special Olympics Virginia’s Basketball Championships, March 6-7 in Stafford. More than 850 athletes will go for gold in full court, half-court, unified and individual…

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The 2020 Xperience brings the best to Charlottesville

The 2020 Xperience featured the top Special Olympics Tennis players from North America. The 3-day tournament hosted at the Boar's Head Resort in Charlottesville is an annual event that was started to fulfill the dream of local Special Olympics athlete Jon…

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New VAHPERD partnership will encourage inclusion and fundraising in schools

Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) and the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) are excited to announce the start of an official partnership in January 2020.The partnership will focus on increasing communications and resources provided to schools…

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